DA shocked by Cefups Academy student’s death

Anthony Benadie MPL

Provincial Spokesperson on Education

It is with shock and sadness that the DA has learnt of the death of a pupil from Cefups Academy, on Thursday 31 July 2014. The circumstances surrounding the death of Thaballo Zeane, who was admitted to hospital with what is believed to be sjambok injuries, has brought to the forefront the history of abuse that has taken place at this educational institution.

We wish to extend our condolences to her family and loved ones during this very difficult time.

As far back as 1999, the headmaster, Mr Mkhatshwa was sentenced to 3 months jail time as well as R1000 fine for assault.  In 2001 an estimated 150 students led a protest against the horrendous treatment they were receiving in the school.  2009 Saw the principle being in trouble again for the whipping of three girls and then again in 2012 three of the school boarding masters were found guilty of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm.

The DA welcomes the investigation that has been launched by the Department of Education and wishes to express our hopes that this matter will be fast tracked and that, should the outcome warrant it, the closure of the school will happen swiftly.  The SAPS needs to be commended on opening a murder investigation into the matter.

The youth of Mpumalanga are our future.  It is the responsibility of the government to protect them and their human rights.  The lack of action that has been taken against Cefups Academy, as an educational institution, in the past is a worrying factor.

We trust that the investigation will be handled in a serious manner and that justice will be done.